Every type of drug crime is considered unique in Arizona and therefore carries with it a unique set of potential penalties. The possession, sale, production and importing of marijuana for recreational use are all prohibited in Arizona. The criminal classification for each of these acts varies and some offer options for alternatives to jail or prison while some do not.
According to the Arizona State Legislature’s website, people convicted of possession of marijuana, regardless of the amount, can be eligible for early release from jail, suspended sentences or probation. The same holds true for people convicted of importing, producing or selling up to two pounds of the drug. In these cases, defendants will be subject to drug testing during any probationary or other period. All of these crimes are classified as felonies with the transportation of marijuana into Arizona carrying the strongest potential sentence.
People who are found possessing marijuana with intent to sell it can be charged with Class 3 or Class 2 felonies for amounts between two and four pounds or over four pounds respectively. Producing marijuana can lead to charges of Class 4 or Class 3 felonies for the same quantities while importing more than two pounds of marijuana is a Class 2 felony. Minimum financial penalties can be assessed starting at either three times the value of the drug involved or $750, whichever amount is higher.
Marijuana use may have been legalized for recreational use in some states but not in Arizona. This information is not intended to provide legal advice but general information regarding Arizona’s marijuana crime penalties.